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OJ Chris Aitchison (Class of 2015) Tells us About his Endurance Challenge:

Chris and his team of medics (who are about to enter their final year of studying at Sheffield University) raise funds for Sheffield Hospitals Charity During the COVID 19 pandemic.

I have been completing medical school at Sheffield University, just about to start my final year once the public health crisis is over. During my time at Sheffield I have been heavily involved with Sheffield Medics RUFC as Club Secretary, 1st XV Captain and Coaching coordinator. As a medics team we are in a unique position where a lot our old boys are now working on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. It is amazing, selfless work that they are all doing and as a club we would like to show our deep thanks and appreciation to them and all other NHS workers.
That is why we have challenged ourselves to raise £5,000 for Sheffield Hospitals Charity ( by running the distance from the most northern hospital in the UK, Gilbert Bain Hospital Shetland, to the most southerly, West Cornwall Hospital, 1556km, in a week, as a club.
Obviously this distance has been run under the lockdown guidelines, only going out once a day and staying 2m apart from others when out. It will be a great opportunity for us as a club to help give back.
We are currently on Day 6 and have run 1650km, including 1 marathon and 13 half marathons. Therefore we will be extending the challenge back up to Sheffield (another 500km).

We have raised £3,500 and are aiming for £5,000
Personally, I have run a daily half marathon in the Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells area accumulating 110km  I know there are lots of fundraising activities going on but we would be most grateful for any donations  and hoped the supportive network of the old Juddians could help push us over the line: 

Many thanks,



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